Merry Christmas from the DLD crew! This week we’re talking fuel hedges, hotel buyouts and just how compelling mega bonus miles can be. Plus, we’ve got a special guest, David Huberman, on the show. David is arguably the epitome of the high value flyer airline companies are looking for; this year his airfare spend was over $100k. Clearly that’s a very different approach to the industry that any of the rest of us take and I think the conversation we had bears that out.
Major topics in this episode:
- IHG is buying Kimpton: What happens to the brand?
- American Airlines & US Airways are changing upgrade reciprocity behavior for top tier elites. Will that solve the problems Fozz reported last episode?
- Alaska Airlines is running a big promo, so long as you live in their back yard. We talk about the value in that approach.
- American Airlines also introduced big new bonuses for premium fares. Is this enough to drive a premium customer to change loyalties? David chimes in on this bit a lot.
Lots of other bits, too.
Enjoy the show!